Many natural areas in the Great Lakes region have been degraded due to urbanization, invasive species, and more. This has led to the decline of water quality, wildlife populations, and native fish. So, there is work to be done to repair wetlands, streams, and shorelines, and in some case, there is money to get it done.

To help organizations or individuals interested in restoring Great Lakes natural areas, Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant, with funding and support from NOAA, has developed the brochure, Great Lakes Restoration: Best Management Practices. This downloadable publication provides basic guidelines on how to effectively work on dam removal projects, create fish passages, restore wetlands, and more, while keeping the ecosystem’s health in mind. It also includes tips on writing successful grant proposals, managing grants once you get them, and assessing your successes.